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THE BASICS OF RAW FOOD

Understanding Why Raw Food is Good for You

A raw foodist is someone who eats 75-100% live, nutritionally-dense organic uncooked and unprocessed food (and drinks pure, living water), enjoys delicious meals that optimize your health by alkalizing your body. It helps speed up your natural elimination system to get rid of the toxins created when you cook. Cooking foods and eating them create acidic toxins faster than your body can eliminate them so they back up, disrupting your body’s delicate acid/alkaline balance, a major cause of excess weight and disease. Do not heat foods above 118 degrees F. this will cause the chemical changes that create acidic toxins, including the carcinogens, mutagens and free-radicals associated with diseases like diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and cancer. Cooking depletes live enzymes that aid in digestion and overall health.

Your body is actually sort of an alkaline battery, running on electrons. All life-giving chemical reactions only happen when electrons or energy flows between atoms. Cooking or processing causes food to lose electrons – the source of the energy your body needs. Things that are healthy ‘contribute” electrons/energy, and are called alkalizing or “reducing.” Things that are unhealthy steal electrons/energy, and are called acidic or “oxidizing” (which means to burn up, rust, break down or decay).

Although your body is created to be balanced by being alkaline and acidic it thrives on a slightly alkaline level however today we are overly acidic. On the pH scale even a fraction of a point can create huge changes to health! One hydroxyl molecule (-OH) in 550 million is enough to make water conductive. In fact, most important processes in your body only work within a very narrow pH range. For example, if the pH of your blood falls to the low end of its normal range (~7.35-7.45), a .10 difference, it could reduce the oxygen levels in your blood by as much as 300%!

Raw food cost alittle more money then there conventional counter parts but technically it is not expensive and does not takes a lot of time to prepare. I am one of busiest people I know (mostly answering emails, calls and texts from my readers.:0) But when you do it correctly, a raw food diet is actually one of the easiest, most convenient and most economical ways you can live! Remember, raw foodists eat mostly organic food, which is 80% to 300% more nutritionally dense loaded with available electrons/energy. As your body learns to absorb this additional nutrition and energy you’ll be less hungry, getting more energy from what you do eat, and eat less. This ultimately can reduce your food costs, as well as your health care costs, far below what is was when you were eating empty calories filled with the acidic toxins. I believe Real Live Raw Food and Living Water is the ultimate health care plan!

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Acidic Body How To Start Being Alkaline

“In An Alkaline Body Sickness can not Exists!”

"Acid/Alkaline Chart"

Research affirms that healing is not possible unless the body is slightly alkaline. No means of improving health will be successful in an acidic body, because acidosis inhibits the body’s ability to absorb nutrients, to repair cells, to produce energy and to detoxify heavy metals.
In this unhealthy environment, tumor cells thrive and fatigue and illness take over. Over acidity contributes to a plethora of problems, including: Kidney Stones, Immune Deficiency, Hormonal Problems, Cardiovascular Damage, Premature Aging, Loss of Drive and Joy, Pale complexion, Loose and Painful Teeth, Lack of Energy, Mouth and Stomach Ulcers, Falling Dull Hair, Gastritis, Leg Cramps and Spasms, Joint Pain, Osteoporosis, Lactic Acid Buildup, Eyelid Inflammation, and Dry skin to name a few

Acid Forming Foods To Avoid

  • Most dried beans and other legumes are acidifying.
  • Drugs, chemicals, artificial sweeteners, food additives, tobacco and alcohol, as well as soft drinks, tea and coffee are strongly acidic forming.
  • Most fats and oils, except olive oil, canola oil and flax seed oil are somewhat acidifying and should be used in moderation.

Do not avoid beneficial oils as their other health benefits outweigh any pH consideration

List Of Alkaline Foods:

  • The most highly alkalizing food are lemons and watermelon, followed by celery, parsley, dates, figs, mangos, melons, papaya and stevia
  • Most vegetables, including greens, cruciferous vegetables, tomatoes and root crops are alkalizing, except corn, lentils, olives and winter squash.
  • Most fruits including citrus, melons and berries are alkaline forming, except canned fruits, cranberries, plums and prunes.
  • Protein sources which are alkalizing are limited, but include almonds, chestnuts, millet, tempeh (fermented), and whey
  • All herbs, sea salt, kelp, seaweed and some spices such as cinnamon, ginger, chili pepper and curry are alkalizing.
  • Some minerals have a high alkaline effect to the body: caesium, potassium, calcium, sodium, and magnesium

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Some Raw Food Facts

Some Raw Food Facts to Consider

  1. 1 Clove of garlic contains as much antibiotics as a 100,000 units of penecillin.
  2. Raw cacao nibs (chocolate) can have almost 20 times more antioxidants than blueberries
  3. Raw Chocolate gives you pure energy and it’s aphrodisiac!
  4. Eating Raw Helps with skin appearance i.e. decrease of acne and/or wrinkles, clearer complexion, more youthful appearance
  5. Increased concentration, helps you lose weight, increases your mental stability and energy
  6. Studies show eating raw food decreases many illnesses such as Cancer, Heart Disease, Stroke, Diabetities, as well as stops disease in its tracks.
  7. Being on Raw Food, in even as little as 6 months to a year, helps reverse illnesses by restoring the body’s alkalinity and pH level.
  8. Cancer cannot thrive in an environment with a pH level of 7.36 or better and Raw Food helps keep the body super alkaline
  9. Raw Food does not incorporate any refined sugars in its recipe so you can enjoy delicious desserts without compromising your health.
  10. Some Raw Superfoods have been used around the world as medicine.
  11. Embracing a Raw Food life style is one of the easiest, sure, painless, and enjoyable ways to loss weight!!!

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Are We Feeding Our Kids The Right Food?

School Lunches Around The World
April 20, 2011 by KT
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By Steven Stern
When President Harry Truman signed the National School Lunch Act into law in 1946, he probably didn’t imagine that American schools would one day be serving chicken fingers, frozen French fries and soggy pizza.
While nutrition activists are trying to get healthier foods into our schools, we wondered what school lunch looks like in other countries — places where ketchup has never been considered a vegetable.

Finland
The Finnish educational system is often considered one of the best in the world and serving healthy school lunches is a major priority. Government regulations demand that meals are “tasty, colorful and well-balanced.” Since the late 1990s, guidelines have specified serving proportions: vegetables, cooked and raw, must cover half the plate (carrot and beet salads are popular), with proteins and starch taking up one-quarter plate each. The majority of the nation’s schools offer a vegetarian option every day. The national specialty hernekeitto, a green pea soup often flavored with smoked pork, is usually served on Thursdays in a nod to Finnish tradition.

Australia
Most Aussie kids bring their lunch from home. And most of the time, that lunch is a sandwich of cheese and Vegemite, the jam-like, salty yeast-based spread that’s been a staple since 1922. The Vegemite sandwich gets a shout-out in Men At Work’s classic antipodean anthem “Down Under.”

Italy
The sustainable food crowd loves Italy, and with good reason. The majority of Italian schools serve lunches made from organic ingredients, mostly grown nearby. The daily meal at la mensa della scuola — the school canteen –is usually centered around pasta or risotto, with salad served as a separate course. Meat shows up on the menu only a couple times a week, and in small portions. But it’s not all about nutritionally correct eating for Italian children; merendine, aka snacks, are big parts of most children’s days. Bread spread with chocolatey Nutella is a classic between-meal sweet and Italy’s kids are almost as addicted to packaged candies and cakes as their American counterparts. Italy actually has a higher proportion of overweight children than the U.S.

Kenya
People who went to school in Kenya usually have strong feelings about githeri; they’re either totally nostalgic or extremely sick of it. A mixture of beans and dried corn, the dish is traditionally associated with the Kikuyu tribe, but it has become the standard school lunch throughout the country. Every day, school children line up with their plastic bowls as servings are ladled out from huge pots.

Korea
Most school cafeterias in Korea use sectioned metal trays and there’s a standard way of filling them up. The two biggest sections are for rice, usually served with pickled vegetable kimchi and soup. Smaller compartments — there’s usually three of them — hold side dishes of vegetables and fish. As for the beverage, kids are given little plastic bottles of sweet yogurt drink, hugely popular in Korea.

Barbados
For many kids in Barbados, the best part of school is the morning snack of milk and biscuits — known as cookies to us Americans — provided free in all schools since the 1930s. The locally produced Wibisco brand biscuits have nourished generations of children. In 1963, the government began a hot lunch program, with meals, beans and rice, mostly, delivered by van to schools around the island.

Brazil
The school day for most students in Brazil starts at 7 a.m. and runs till noon. To stave off hunger pangs during the morning hours, kids will munch on snacks like queijadinhas, which are muffins made from cheese and coconut. While many children eat lunch at home after school, the Brazilian government has sponsored a nationwide school lunch program since 1955, offering hot, healthy meals to underprivileged students.

France
You don’t think the French would serve their children sloppy joes, do you? School lunches are taken just as seriously as meals for adults. In fact, kids are served pretty much the same things adults eat. A week’s menu in a restaurant scolaire — the canteen of a French school — might include veal scallops Marengo, hake with lemon sauce, and lamb with paprika. Fresh bread and salad are, of course, included at every meal and fruit and yogurt are the usual desserts. The only thing the kids don’t get is wine.

Japan
In Japan, school lunch known as kyuushoku is an important part of every child’s daily schedule. Meals are eaten in the classroom; after the tables are cleared, the student assigned as that day’s lunch monitor serves everyone. Rice and fish make up the bulk of the menu, but some days students are treated to the kind of East-West comfort food that Japanese kids especially love: dishes like korokke, which are fried potato croquettes or omurice, an omelet filled with a ketchupy rice and chicken mixture.

Zambia
School lunch in Zambia is nshima. Actually, pretty much everyone’s lunch in Zambia is nshima — breakfast and dinner too. The starchy dish of white cornmeal cooked to a thick, sticky dough is the staple food of the entire population. It’s eaten with your hands and dipped into relishes made from greens, dried sardines called kapenta, or stewed soy protein.

Denmark and Norway
Scandinavian school children usually bring their own lunches to school. The standard is homemade or store-bought smørrebrød, which are open-faced sandwiches of cheese, liver spread or salami on dense dark rye bread.

Singapore
Multicultural Singapore is famous for its street food. Residents flock to huge outdoor food courts and buy their meals from the various hawker stands. In most schools, kids get to do the same. The canteen or “tuckshop” in a Singapore school is often a collection of different stalls rented out to private cooks. Students choose between noodle soups, curries with rice and so-called “Western” food. One typical Western lunch that kids particularly love is chicken chop, which is boneless chicken covered with thick gravy, served with either spaghetti or beans and coleslaw.

As you can see we all need to incorporate 100% raw organic food in our diet and to see the differences around the world on how we can learn from each other and our different environments and what is available that is working.

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